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10 Standards Recommendations for the Obama Administration

Dec 08, 2008, 23:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"1. Create a Standards Advisory Council (SAC): Due to the breadth of standards related issues underlying the administration's goals and the relative lack of existing government engagement in the standards arena, the new administration should recruit a council of neutral standards experts versed not only in technical and scientific matters, but also in the legal, trade policy and social impacts and opportunities that a sophisticated standards strategy can provide. Such a council should comprise existing experts drawn both from within government where available (e.g., from Defense, NIST, and Homeland Security), as well as from academia, law and other relevant disciplines. The SAC would advise and be chaired by the newly appointed administration CTO. It would also serve as an available resource for the Federal CIO Council (made up of the CTOs of the Federal agencies) and for Congressional committees.

"2. Make maximum use of NIST: At present the government has islands of standards expertise in various agencies. Only one agency, however, includes standards as an area of primary focus and responsibility. That agency is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), operating under the authority of the Department of Commerce. Like many agencies, NIST has seen its influence (and budgets) rise and fall with the change of administrations. Now is the time to capitalize on its expertise and existing infrastructure to educate administration members, to provide a coordinating function both among agencies and with industry, and to act as the mechanism to jumpstart new standards activities."

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